WBEZ | Blago Trial Audio Theater http://www.wbez.org/tags/blago-trial-audio-theater Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Ghetto Division spins on Eight Forty-Eight http://www.wbez.org/story/blago-trial-audio-theater/ghetto-division-spins-eight-forty-eight <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//archives/music/2010/08/ghettodivision.png" alt="" /><p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/charlieglitch" target="_blank">DJ Charlie Glitch</a> of the Chicago crew <a href="http://www.ghettodivision.com/" target="_blank">Ghetto Division</a> helped us kick up the dance music to start weekend up, club-style, when he stopped by 848 to spin for their<a href="http://www.wbez.org/Program_848_Series.aspx?seriesID=3"> DJ series</a>. Ghetto Division hails from the the streets of Pilsen, and beyond.  Glitch says that the name was born of two things: 1) that all the members of GD happened to all come from "ghetto" areas of the city, and 2) that the message, music and style GD was quite different from that of the DJs that bought into and fostered the "gangsta" elements of hip hop culture. <!--break--> Ghetto Division joined a whole slew of DJs at the <a href="http://www.maddecentblockparty.com/" target="_blank">Mad Decent Block Party</a> that took place at <a href="http://www.hideoutchicago.com/" target="_blank">the Hideout</a> in Chicago in mid-August. [audio:/sites/default/files/archives/music/2010/08/ghettodivision.mp3|titles=Ghetto Division spins on Eight Forty-Eight]</p> Thu, 02 Sep 2010 06:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/blago-trial-audio-theater/ghetto-division-spins-eight-forty-eight Blagojevich Flashback: Timeline & turning points in political career (Part 1: 1980-1999) http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-political-career-part-1-1980-1999 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="WBEZ/file" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-25179" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//cityroom_20090109_bcalhoun_1649330_Blag_large.png" title="Blagojevich" width="443" height="394"><code> </code></p><p>We begin a multi-part look at key turning points in the political career of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich:</p><p><strong>1980: Blagojevich meets Richard Nixon</strong> <strong><strong><img alt="" class="size-medium wp-image-33060" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//Blago-Nixon-300x219.png" style="width: 261px; height: 191px; float: left; margin: 5px;" title="Blago &amp; Nixon"></strong></strong> During the summer before law school, Blagojevich and a friend awake at 4:30am on their first visit to New York so that Blagojevich can stand watch outside the home of former President Richard M. Nixon, in the hopes of meeting him and securing an autograph.‚&nbsp; <a href="http://http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-felsenthal/blago-on-one-of-his-favor_b_156697.html">As Blagojevich told Chicago Magazine's Carol Felsenthal</a>, he's a fan of presidential history and Nixon in particular.</p><p><strong>1983: Gets job with Chicago Alderman Edward Vrdolyak</strong> <img alt="" class="size-medium wp-image-31596" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP070510020814-Vrdolyak-300x300.jpg" style="width: 167px; height: 167px; float: right; margin: 5px;" title="Vrdolyak Indictment"> Thanks to help from his father, Blagojevich begins work in the law office of then-powerful Chicago Alderman Ed Vrdolyak as a law clerk during the infamous Council Wars era.</p><p><strong>1986: Joins Cook County State's Attorney's office</strong> Blagojevich gets a job as an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County during Richard M. Daley's tenure as Cook County State's Attorney. Works as a traffic court prosecutor and on <a href="http://www.biography.com/articles/Rod-Blagojevich-392652">felony weapons and domestic abuse cases</a>.</p><p><strong>1990: Marries Patti Mell</strong> Two years after meeting her at a fundraiser for powerful Chicago Alderman Dick Mell, Blagojevich marries Mell's daughter Patti.</p><p><strong>November 3, 1992: Wins election to Illinois House</strong> With advice and support from his new father-in-law, Chicago Alderman Dick Mell, Blagojevich challenges and <a href="/shudzik/2009/12/whatever-happened-to-that-politician-the-blagojevich-casualties-edition/9978#more-9978">defeats incumbent Democrat Myron Kulas</a> to win a seat in the Illinois House of Representatives.</p><p><strong>November 3, 1996: Elected to U.S. House</strong> After two terms in the Illinois General Assembly Blagojevich <a href="/shudzik/2009/12/whatever-happened-to-that-politician-the-blagojevich-casualties-edition/9978#more-9978">defeats Republican Michael Flannagan</a> to win back the 5th U.S. Congressional District Seat for the Democrats. That's the same seat long held by powerful Chicago Democrat and former Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee Dan Rostenkowski. It's also the same seat later held by now Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.</p><p><strong>May 1, 1999: Joins Rev Jesse Jackson to negotiate release of POWs</strong> Accompanies the Reverend Jesse Jackson on trip to Yugoslavia that successfully negotiates the release of 3 U.S. soldiers held prisoner there. As part of the negotiations, <a href="http://theboard.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/22/odd-moments-in-history/">Blagojevich meets with Jackson and with Yugoslavian President Slobodan Milosivic</a>. Trip captures international news and raises Blagojevich's public profile.</p><p><em><a href="/sedwards/2010/08/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-in-political-career-part-2-2001-2005/33362">Click here for Part 2: 2001-2005</a></em></p></p> Tue, 10 Aug 2010 13:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/blagojevich-flashback-timeline-turning-points-political-career-part-1-1980-1999 Blago trial audio theater: 'I gotta stop swearin...' http://www.wbez.org/blog/blago-trial-audio-theater-i-gotta-stop-swearin <p><a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP090129057205-blago-serious-Nam-Y.-Huh.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-27516" title="Blagojevich Indictment" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//AP090129057205-blago-serious-Nam-Y.-Huh-300x201.jpg" alt="" width="452" height="302" /></a><code><div></div></code> I just realized that we have access to all the court evidence in the Blagojevich trial. Whoopie! I had no idea that I could listen on end to mindless phone conversations from Blagojevich to various friends, colleagues and family. <!--break--> I don't really have the authority or expertise to analyze these phone conversations to give you insight to how the trial is shaping up, but I do have an ear for drama! I'm a thespian at heart, so I know how to identify the flair! So today, I begin <strong>Blago trial audio theater</strong> with a clip from yesterday's evidence. The phone call took place in November 2008. I listened to about 30 minutes of Blago raw tapes to find this gem - a nice marital spat between Rod and Patti. Rod spends the first part of this tape (which I removed) talking to his wife, who is looking up information on a web site for him. He dismisses her and her findings. She does not like that. And let the drama begin. <em>Editor's note: I've left in the swearing. It's such a vital part of the conversation. And at the end, Blagojevich even recognizes that it is too much. So if you are trying to keep your children (or yourself) away from the F-word, maybe skip this track:</em> <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//blago-theater_june24.mp3">blago-theater_june24</a><em> </em> <em> </em></p> Thu, 24 Jun 2010 14:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/blago-trial-audio-theater-i-gotta-stop-swearin